A record number of teams will walk and run in Tucker Community Foundation’s annual Run For It.
Fifty teams throughout the Potomac Highlands will lineup on the streets of Davis Saturday, September 27 to compete for more than $80,000 in cash prizes to donate back to their community. Prize money, donated by the Foundation and race sponsors, must benefit communities within the Foundation’s eight-county service area. Runners, walkers, rollers and strollers from all over the Mid-Atlantic States and beyond join with locals to show their support and enjoy a growing roster of Leaf Peeper Festivities.
Tucker County teams include Heart of the Highlands Trail System, Team Hannah (Hannah Friend Memorial Fund), Alpine Heritage Preservation, Inc. (Cottrill’s Opera House & ArtSpring), Mountaintop Readers (Mountaintop Public Library New Building Fund), Tucker County EMS, Tucker Boulder Park, Ridge Runners (4-H & youth activities), Five Rivers Library, Canaan Valley Ski Patrol, Cruisin’ Critters (Mountaineer Humane Society), Mountain Laurel Learning Cooperative, Mad Hot Maracas (TCHS Spanish / Foreign Language Department), WVHighlands Artisans Group, Davis Riverfront Ramblers (Davis Riverfront Park), DTEMS-PTO (DTEMS reading program), Deerfield 74 (Canaan Valley EMS), DTEMS Eighth Grade Field Trip, West Virginia Mountain Ministries, Team Millennium (Jillian Roberts & Matilde Villalobos Millennium Scholarship) Tucker runners (Tucker County X-Country Team), OES Walter All Stars, New Historic Thomas, (re-vitalization), Cortland Challengers (Cortland community), and Eastern Mountains Young Life (camp scholarships).
Teams supporting causes with a regional reach include Knights of Columbus Council 603, Mountain Hospice, the Randolph-Tucker Children’s’ Advocacy Center, Mountain State Girls on the Run, Team Billie G. Armstrong Fund (Central WV Pregnancy Care Centers), and Remember the Miners.
Randolph County teams include Team Pioneer (Pioneer Memorial Public Library, Harman), Rowdy Readers of Mill Creek(Russell Memorial Public Library), Harman Strong-Panther Power (Harman School roof); Cub Scout Pack 88 (Elkins),, and Team Tyler (DMC Cancer Center Patient’s Assistance Fund).
Four teams will represent Barbour County: Belington Public Library Bookaneers, Kasson Eagles (Kasson School PTO), Freedom Marchers (Belington American Legion Post 96 & Auxiliary), and Philippi Public Library Bookworms.
Pocahontas County will be represented by the PocaCo Seniors (Pocahontas County Senior Citizens, Inc.). Challenged Athletes, based out of Pocahontas County and serving the entire state, is raising operational support for a program of outdoor sports and recreation opportunities for children and adults with disabilities.
Preston County has three teams in the lineup: Preston County Humane Society, Preston County Fund Raisers (Preston Community Fund), After School Explorers (after school programs). The Friends of the Cheat Team is representing both Preston and Tucker County.
The Oakdale Church Youth Group from Grant County is raising support for a Sight & Sound Theater bus trip.
From Garrett County, Maryland, three teams are raising support for local causes: Garrett Mentors “On The Move” (K-5 mentoring program), Crossroads Church (outreach ministry) and Garrett Trails.
A list of registered teams, award categories and other race information can be viewed at www.tuckerfoundation.net. Entry Forms are available for download or they can be picked up at the Foundation’s main office in Parsons or the TCF Development Office in Davis beside Boomtown Java.
Join or sponsor any team to help them qualify for awards. Pre-register before Sept. 15. Mail in the Entry Form and $10 fee to TCF, PO Box 491, Parsons, WV 26287.
After Sept. 15, register on site at the Davis Fire Hall Friday, September 26 from 5-7pm or race day morning from 8- 9:30 am. The Parade of Teams begins at 10a, the race starts 11a. Each team must have a minimum of five team members. The largest teams demonstrate effort which puts them in the running for large cash prizes. Team members do not have to walk and run together.